Often referred to as a “side project” to one of Portland’s most currently popular bands, Black Prairie deserve instead to be thought of and heard on their own merits. The five band members — Christopher Funk on guitar, Nate Query on bass, Jenny Conlee on accordion, Annalisa Tornfelt on fiddle and Jon Neufeld also on guitar — each outstanding musicians well versed in American traditions, bring their own influences to the band’s dark, rootsy sound. The music on their stellar debut, Feast of the Hunter’s Moon, by Funk’s own comparison, “bridges the music of Clarence White and Ennio Morricone.” And just as Morricone brought his Italian ear to the sounds of the Old West, Black Prairie blends elements of exotic gypsy folk to their traditional twang, as they do most alluringly on “A Prairie Musette,” one of four outstanding songs they performed live on Audioasis with host Hannah Levin. Check out the videos here:
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